Have I ever told y’all that I absolutely love pumpkin?
Seriously: I don’t care what it is–pumpkin makes it better. Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin breakfast bars, pumpkin donut holes, pumpkin dip…I could go on and on about my love for this delightful fall food!
I’ve recently been on a pumpkin smoothie kick. And I kicked it up a notch a few weeks ago by adding some cream to it–making it a pumpkin cream smoothie.
I think I should stop drooling over the keyboard and go make another one right now. But wait: I’ve already had two today! (No lie!)
This pumpkin cream smoothie is perfect for breakfast or for a heavy snack (it will fill you up!). It’s gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. My 1-year-old absolutely loves it in her sippy cup!
The coconut cream in this recipe will beef up the healthy fat content, and the optional molasses will help boost those iron levels.
Have you ever had a pumpkin pie blast at Dairy Queen? It’s been years, but I remember how I just loved those things (I would probably cheat and get one now except that I’m dairy free!)
This smoothie is not the next best thing to Dairy Queen. I actually think it’s much, much better (and healthier, of course!).
Without further ado, here’s the recipe for a filling, delicious pumpkin cream smoothie!
- • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or dairy-milk if you are not allergic)
- • 1 cup ice cubes
- • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- • 3-5 shakes stevia extract (OR 1 Tbsp. raw honey)
- • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (It's easy to make your own!)
- • 1 heaping Tbsp. coconut cream (I've purchased mine at Trader Joe's. It.is.divine.) OR regular, full-fat cream
- • optional: 1 big squirt of blackstrap molasses.
- • optional: One half to one scoop of brown rice protein powder.*
- • optional: 1-2 Tbsp. pecans
- 1. Pour milk into smoothie cup.
- 2. Add ice cubes.
- 3. Add pumpkin puree.
- 4. Add stevia (or honey).
- 5. Add pumpkin pie spice.
- 6. Add protein powder and/or molasses (if using).
- 7. Blend on high speed until ice is crushed and smoothie is completely smooth.
- 8. Turn off the blender and open the top. Add in the coconut cream and the nuts (if using).
- 9. Blend a few more seconds until the coconut cream turns the orange a creamier color.
- I make most of my smoothies in the single serve cup of my Ninja Pro.
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Do you like pumpkin? Have you ever tried making a pumpkin smoothie?